Comprimato adds JPEG2000 to Vizrt’s Viz Engine arsenal

Comprimato adds JPEG2000 to Vizrt’s Viz Engine arsenal
December 7, 2015 carolineshawley

[07 December 2015]

Simple software upgrade adds Ultra HD-ready streaming format to leading realtime compositor and renderer

Comprimato, a JPEG2000 software codec toolkit provider today announced it has signed an agreement with leading media production tools provider, Vizrt.  Comprimato’s JPEG2000 software encoder will be made available to thousands of installed Viz Engines. The combined solution will provide the capability to create JPEG2000 streams, including in Ultra HD, without additional hardware or external devices.

JPEG2000 is a popular and practical codec, adopted by a number of major broadcasters, which uses wavelet compression for efficiency and image quality. The core design of JPEG2000 allows Ultra HD resolution videos to be compressed without tiling, ensuring a seamless and gentle approach to video processing.

“We designed the Viz Engine to be a flexible, customisable graphics and playout device at resolutions up to Ultra HD,” said Christian Huber, Executive VP IT & Logistics of Vizrt. “We already provide a number of popular codecs for those who need to stream direct from the device. Adding JPEG2000, in co-operation with Comprimato, is a real advantage for many of our users.”

Comprimato was founded from a university project to implement JPEG2000 encoding in software running on a standard GPU, in real time. Before the availability of the Comprimato JPEG2000 Codec, system integrators needing to create JPEG2000 outputs required an external appliance to convert video streams from SDI. The software implementation of the codec greatly speeds time to market and simplifies workflows.

Jiri Matela, CEO of Comprimato added, “We are delighted to be working with Vizrt. Adding our compact software module to the Viz Engine means users can configure it for JPEG2000 streaming with no additional hardware: just the NVidia graphics card in the PC. It is an easy upgrade for existing Viz Engine users, and of course it can be incorporated in new systems.”